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fighting the Underground State itself since it refused to be subordinated
to Moscow.

A strongly marked desire was evinced in the propaganda of the P.P.R.
to accustom the public to the thought of a coming Russian occupation,
c as Britain and the U.S.A, had agreed to giving the Soviets a free hand
in the settlement of Central Europe, nothing could be better for the
national and personal interests of everyone concerned than to accept the
inevitable ; naturally a few changes would result from an alliance with
the Soviets, and one of these will be the introduction of the most demo-
cratic constitution of Stalin's.' The P.P.R. thus shewed itself in its true
colours, the vanguard of Russian imperialism and the Soviet order,
claiming the confiscation of land, property, banks, and the destruction of
even- institution of a democratic regime. In 1943, the P.P.R. was openly
promising the same destiny for Poland as had resulted from the Soviet
action in 1939-1941 in her Eastern provinces.

The influence of the Communists in Poland had always been extremely
weak, but, during the time of trouble through which the country was
passing under the German occupation, even the smallest organised group
generously provided with money could, under certain circumstances, do
a great deal of harm. When the P.P.R. finally revealed its alien character,
it could no longer be assured of finding sympathisers among the Polish
people, and as its leaders had failed to set up their own organisation, they
adopted a method which promised, in the long run, to create chaos in
the existing Underground, namely, presenting their Communist cells
under the name of already active parties and fighting organisations.
There had been a well-known newspaper in Poland called Robotnik
(The Worker), created by Pilsudski at the time of the fight with Tsardom,
and the P.P.R. published a newspaper, as the " Central organ of the Polish
Socialists," using the same name. After the Gestapo had liquidated the
Glos Warssawy (Voice of Warsaw) by shooting the entire personnel, the
P.P.R. immediately began to produce another paper under this title.

The universal character of the Polish Department of the Comintern
cannot be denied. The law of psychological warfare—e strike at the
enemy in all directions, in every field'—was thoroughly carried out.
Not one Polish group was omitted; one and all came under the fire of its
propaganda—in Poland, in North and South America, in Great Britain
and even in the Polish Army in the Middle East and in Britain. The
least attention of all was paid to that unhappy multitude of Polish people
who had been deported to Russia. Wedged in the framework of the Soviet
system there was now no longer any special necessity to convince them,
The Soviet publication from Moscow, Free Poland., said very little
regarding the deportees and was mainly concerned with fighting the Polish
Govetmaent in London, the Poles in U.S.A. and in Poland.